Catholic Social Concerns Ministry

Pope Francis: “I see clearly that the thing the church needs most today is the ability to heal wounds and to warm the hearts of the faithful…I see the church as a field hospital after a battle.”

Help CRS help victims of nature and of war: Haiti: Hurricane Matthew has taken more than 900 lives and left thousands homeless, with no water or food. Cholera is spreading because of lack of clean water and sanitation facilities. CRS is distributing water, food, blankets, hygiene items, tarps for shelter. Syria: Since 2011 10.6 million Syrians have fled the civil war in Aleppo and other bombed out cities in an attempt to save their children’s lives. CRS has provided long and short term assistance, helping with food, shelter, health care, education, small business loans and vocational training. Google CRS Haiti or CRS Syrian refugees to learn more and make donations. Also please keep praying for all victims of war, natural disasters, famine at home and abroad.

Warming Center: Volunteers needed. Next training session, Wednesday, 6-8 pm, October 26, First Congregational Church, Palouse and Alder. From November-February, on nights when temperatures drop below 20 degrees, 25 with precipitation, the Warming Center is open from 7 pm-7 am. Volunteers are needed for 3 hour shifts. Contact Kristen Sayers, United Way, 529-1183.

GOTR Homeless Camp: A prayer that the City of WW will be able to provide the necessary security to make it possible for the Homeless Camp to continue. With the arrival of cold temperatures, the 55 residents (10/14) have a greater need than ever for temporary shelter while they wait for more substantial transitional and permanent housing to be available. (No children are presently living at the camp.) Wherever these folks end up, they will need warm blankets and sleeping bags, warm clothes and boots/shoes. Please take these items to Helpline. Thank you so much to all who have contributed.

Please pray that our nation will elect compassionate, wise, fair, honest, leaders, Don’t forget to vote! Ballots must be postmarked no later than November 8.

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